The David O. McKay Library is highlighting a new exhibit featuring a first edition copy of the King James Bible in celebration of the book’s 400th anniversary, on display now through December.

June 20, 2011
Writer: Writer: Colleen Johnson

The David O. McKay Library is highlighting a new exhibit featuring a first edition copy of the King James Bible in celebration of the book's 400th anniversary, on display now through December.


Special Collections and Archives has been preparing this exhibit for months, gathering over nine original texts, including Bibles and papyrus fragments dating back to 70 AD.


There will be an open house presenting the exhibit June 23 and 24 from noon to 6 p.m. on the second floor of the McKay Library. The open house will include presentations about the exhibit every hour, a display of the Gutenberg Bible Leaf, a self-guided tour featuring the 1611 edition of the King James Bible, and an opportunity to print your own replica of the King James Bible title page using the Grandin Press.


"We hope students, employees, and the community will gather together to celebrate this extraordinary event," said Lynne Squires, library assistant. "It is a remarkable opportunity for us to be able to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. There is an impressive amount of information available to viewers in this exhibit. We feel very honored to have such an exhibit on our campus."


The exhibit is located on the second floor of the McKay Library in room 220 and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. It is a self-guided exhibit, and tours are also available. To schedule a tour, contact Sam Nielson at 496-9535 or by email at nielsons@byui.edu.